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January 7, 2017 (JUBA) – Another rebel commander has been shot dead in South Sudan, barely two days after the killing of General Gabriel Tanginye in Upper Nile state, sources confirmed on Saturday.

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South Sudan’s main opposition leader, Lam Akol (AFP)

Maj. Gen. Yohanis Okiech was reportedly killed after his forces clashed with armed opposition troops in Thoroji, north of Upper Nile.

“At around 10:30am this morning, SPLA-IO forces under Division One Major General Parom and Brigadier General Diang Latjor pursued and killed Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin’s most notorious militia commander Major General Yohanis Okiech Okic, along with his 27 bodyguards, at Thoroji toward Lirri on South Sudan-Sudan border,” the SPLA-IO director for information, William Gatjiath Deng, said in a statement.

Five soldiers loyal to Ajawin, he added, were also captured during the operation and are under the command of the SPLA-IO Sector One commander Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony at Kaka miliarity base.

“In addition, two military vehicles mounted with 12.7 1-zuu-37 were captured in good conditions,” further said Deng in the statement.

The SPLA-IO deputy chief of staff for administration, Gen. James Koang Chuol confirmed Okiech’s death in a separate interview.

He said forces loyal to Ajawin declined to surrender despite repeated attempts by the SPLA-IO troops to extend this initiative.

“I have been in contact with the leader of the group to surrender peacefully, but they refused my initiative, so we had no other option as they continued attacking our forces in the area,” said Chuol.

Okiech, an ex-government defected last year to join the SPLM/A-IO, but later quit the rebel movement and re-united ranks with Ajawin.

Ajawin, a former minister in coalition government, is yet to react to Okeich’s death, days after one of his senior commanders was killed.

(ST)

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  • 8 January 08:21, by Fair Man

    Bravo IO
    Deal with the betrayers in that manner. They have been used the Taban and Kiir’s group to weaken the movement. The few remaining renegates either surrender to IO Pagak for reintergration and immediate assignment or report to Juba. In particular, James Gatdet Yaak should think twice. He is the next target.They have betrayed the cause of suffering of South Sudanese.

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    • 8 January 08:43, by barbayo

      Malitia by Malitia this time you have learn , peace is choice otherwise Dr lam and Raik will kill , Yesterday afternoon Dr Lam ran to Egypt for fear ,

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    • 8 January 09:19, by Malakal county Simon

      Don’t forget Gathoth Gatkuoth he is the primary target and he will soon face the consequences of betrayal act!!!!

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    • 8 January 09:31, by Kush Natives

      Fair Man,

      There’s isn’t movement sir, you will remained completely fooled or completely fooled! I know most of you have no common sense at all, why you (we) dig the same hole every single time?

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    • 8 January 19:32, by Midit Mitot

      Brabo SPLA-IO,
      Let those thugs go one by one, struggle can continues freely.

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  • 8 January 08:44, by Gabriel KK

    Yes, they are like-minded.

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  • 8 January 08:57, by Kush Natives

    Here go! Now an useless rebellion is in the verge of ENDING. It was bound to happen, when rebels starts fighting of who will control the bush. What’s next, if general are finish? Now we’re waiting for an another revenge from Gen. Yahanis Okiech Okic’s fighters. After all, mind is just a simple question about the area in which an incident took place. Where’s Thoroji located? Does South Sudanese__

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    • 8 January 09:11, by Kush Natives

      And Sudanese journalist knows the geographical of Sudan and RoSS? sometimes, I feel like you’re kidding me! There’s nothing could let the reporters mixed the geographical locations in any sense. First of all, who will accommodate the rebels in Thoroji, while there’s no Sudanese government present the area? Thoroji is located farther 55 KM west of Liri town, while Gardud in the middle__con

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      • 8 January 09:21, by Kush Natives

        Tolodi town sharply in the north east of Gardud. Otherwise, I have no any supports to stop you (rebels) from cleaning up yourselves. Good luck all betrays! Go a head and capture yourselves alive or dead! RIP Gen. Okiech and Tanginya!

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    • 8 January 09:18, by South South

      Bush life is what the rebels have in Upper Nile. These people in Upper Nile think that killing South Sudanese will help them to get power, not to help people of South Sudan, but to eat. It is all about food. 2017 is a year of peace in South Sudan, by the end of 2017 all rebels will be done, period.

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  • 8 January 09:58, by Son of Nuer

    Well done by Lt.Gen.Johnson Olony and congratulation to Brig. Gen Daing Latjor for defending the leadership from enemy well done Gen.Latjor

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  • 8 January 10:33, by Tut Gatkuoth

    This is exactly what you get from following a baseless leader like Riek Machar, i wounder why the spla-io faction under Riek Machar is celebrating because it’s a huge bonus for the TGoNU

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  • 8 January 10:44, by Fair Man

    Tut Gatkuoth
    Dr. Riek Machar Teny is not a worthless leader think. You the blinded Nuer in Juba, don’t feel ashamed when women take 7 days to travel from Checkpoint to POCs at UN House last July 8th J1 classes due multiple rape checkpoints staged by SPLA troops of Kiir. We are clearing the Upper Nile of traitors and after, we match to Juba without further division. R.I.P betrayers-Tang and Okiech!

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    • 8 January 14:18, by Redeemer

      Why Big people are being kill on daily bases and over all Boss Dr Lam is quiet about the death of his commanders. I fear he will deny them of being for him. Hotel Rebellion Dr.

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  • 8 January 14:29, by William Atak Garang.

    All those rebels are in turmoils and will achieved nothing except destroying of innocent people the recruited through illegal conscription on the border between North & South Sudan. The bloody of the dormant S.Sudanese you have killed since 2013-2017 will remain a cursed on you until you finished or assassinate yourselves. you have misled them to the bush due to senseless war that is why you begun

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  • 8 January 14:53, by William Atak Garang.

    to assassinate yourselves. Shame on whoever that has taken up arms to fight against the region. The sons and daughters of Upper Nile, Equatoria & Bahr El Ghazal must stand up to mobilize their youth to abandoned such a wrong rebellions and joint hands together to bring peace to S Sudan.

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    • 8 January 16:09, by Redeemer

      That corridor is where Olony gets huge taxes, it is his own hand made anyone tempering with it is a matter of death. Dr.Lam should look for another corridor otherwise Olony will finish him

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  • 8 January 18:33, by Bumbum

    Hahahahah vultures betrayers this is the solution for you if you want to destabilize our mov,t gun is the nib for you

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  • 9 January 07:34, by Maan Palekni

    What the hell is going on really?

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    • 9 January 07:58, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      We have been tellings you all along that Riak and Lam can never co-sponsor the rebellions neither can Murle fights shoulder with Nuers against so called jieng or TGONU this is the outcome.
      So dont be surprise to see Lam staging peace talks on his own with the govt,the bloods of innocents people you kills for positions will bring u one by one.SET THE THIEF TO CATCH THE THIEF.

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  • 9 January 07:59, by EYE SEE

    once you are in SS, know that you are a living dead. SS is a place where all evils are possible.

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